PHEM Officers Certified in FETP in Somali Region
The Ethiopian Public Health Institute’s (EPHI) Center for Public Health Emergency Management (cPHEM) certified 80 PHEM officers who completed the Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) on a workshop held in Jigjiga town on December 31, 2019.
According to Jafer Kezali from EPHI’s PHEM and also coordinator of the workshop the PHEM Officers are drawn from 80 woreda health bureaus of the region.
“Before the graduation workshop there were two other consecutive workshops. In each workshop the trainees were given field work as an assignment to be carried out in their respective work places. And each assignment is presented and evaluated. In the general the training will help the Officers to build their capacities in early disease detection and reporting, emergency management and response,” added Jafer.
The training aims to strengthen capacity of PHEM Officers in detection and responding to public health emergencies, increase knowledge in the use of public health data for decision-making, provide quality surveillance data and use the data for disease and outbreak detection and improve the sharing and dissemination of public health information at each level.
In general the training is organized to increase the knowledge and skills of PHEM officers to build epidemiologic capacity (including strengthening public health surveillance and promoting use of data for decision-making) at the zonal, Woreda and health facility of the Somali region.
The training was organized in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET).